Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 441770
anaconda 18.104.22.168-1.i386 in rescue mode doesn't recognize SW RAID1 rootfs
Last modified: 2008-04-22 03:55:05 EDT
Description of problem:
I was cloning F9 installation (actualizet to 7-Apr-08 packages) from
single SATA disc to two SW RAID1 partitions on two SATA disc - root on
/dev/md0 (20GB; sda1,sdb1), /dev/md1 mounted to /home (400GB; sda3,sdb3),
sda2 and sdb2 was two swap partitions. After copying source disc (cp -ax, in
fact /home was empty because there wasn't users other than root) I adjust
title Fedora (2.6.25-0.204.rc8.git4.fc9) GUI
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25-0.204.rc8.git4.fc9.i686 ro root=/dev/md0 5
/dev/md0 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/md1 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sdb2 swap swap defaults 0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sda2 swap swap defaults 0 0
and then detach source disc and reboot from rescue CD (images/boot.iso) so I can
built initramdisk. But anaconda wasn't able find root filesystem, althougt
both md0 and md1 was recognized, assembled and fully operational.
When I then manualy mount /dev/md0 to /mnt/sysimage, /proc, /dev, /sys to
appropriate /mnt/sysimage/XX and then chroot to /mnt/sysimage and create new
initrd, system was right now and able itself boot and work. (Grub was already
installed, on md0/md1 was Fedora 8 previously)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
Rescue CD doesn't recognize installed system
Anaconda should recognize and mount system on SW RAID.
I don't know if usage "/dev/md0" at kernel cmdline in grub.conf is in Fedora9
still recommended, as well as its usage in /etc/fstab (maybe now is preferred
identification by "LABEL=" or "UUID=" keywords).
As well as I don't know whether anaconda test content of "/etc/blkid/blkid.tab"
or not - filesystems on RAID1 wasn't formated (I only delete all Fedora 8 files,
then md0/md1 UUIDs and labels stayed original from F8). And after cloning
blkid.tab was from source single SATA drive. But I thing this isn't problem on
previous versions of Fedora.
I think this hsould be fixed with anaconda-22.214.171.124. Can you try with a later
rawhide or the preview release the end of this week?
I not catch anaconda-126.96.36.199, and then I tried version 188.8.131.52 from 10-Apr-08.
I did new Fedora installation with same configuration (sda1+sdb1=md0 RAID1,
sda2 and sdb2 are swaps and sda3+sdb3=md1 RAID1), then verify it is bootable.
I find that in grub.conf is at "kernel .." line raid referenced as
root=UUID=bla_bla_uuid, while in fstab as /dev/md0.
If I then boot from rescue CD (boot.iso dated 10-Apr) to rescue mode, I finished
An error occured trying to mount some
or all of your system. Some of it may
be mounted under /mnt/sysimage.
INFO : starting raid device md0
INFO : mdadm -E /dev/sda1
INFO : mdadm -A --uuid=445e0bfb:xX*xX:8fe3441b --super-minor=0 /dev/md0
INFO : going to mount md0 on /mnt/sysimage as ext3
ERROR : <type 'exceptions.AttributeError'>: 'str' object has no attribute
From screen2 console, /proc/mdadm says both md0 and md1 are running, md0 is
mounted in /mnt/sysimage, md1 isn't mounted.
In the meantime anaconda 184.108.40.206 is out, but when trying it, I got same result
as with 220.127.116.11. No matter when in grub.conf is root referenced as
root=/dev/md0 or as root=UUID=bla_bla_uuid
*** Bug 442444 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Fixed in git
This works for me with anaconda 18.104.22.168. Can you try again with boot.iso from
OK, I just confirm that anaconda 22.214.171.124 (21-Apr-2008) rightly recognised md0
as rootfs, md1 as /home, and mounted both correctly on /mnt/sysimage resp.
/mnt/sysimage/home. /dev, /dev/pts, /proc, /sys and /selinux were mounted into
relevant /mnt/sysimage/XX too, and then system was fully functional: Bug is away.